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Supplement To Arrows Bible Study “The Sounding Of The Trumpet”

Applying Bible Verses To My Life

1. 1 Thessalonians 4:16

“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a loud shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.”

How does this verse apply to my life?

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2. Psalm 107:2 NKJV

“Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy.”

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3. John 8:36 NKJV

Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”

How does this verse apply to my life?

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4. Romans 3:24

“Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus”

How does this verse apply to my life?

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5. Revelation 20:11-15 NKJV

“Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was no place found for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”

How do these verses apply to my life?

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6. 1 Corinthians 15:25 NKJV

“Then the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power.”

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7. 1 Corinthians 15:52

“In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”

How does this verse apply to my life?

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8. Micah 7:19 NKJV

“He will again have compassion on us, and subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.”

How does this verse apply to my life?

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The Sounding Of The Trumpet

THE SOUNDING OF THE TRUMPET BIBLE STUDY

Memory Verse: 1 Corinthians 15:52

 

Life Application: I must be ready for Jesus’ return.

 

Bible Text:

1 Thessalonians 4:16

1 Corinthians 15:52

Micah 7:19

Psalm 107:2

Galatians 3:13

John 8:36

Romans 3:24

Zechariah 14:4

Revelation 20:11-15

1 Corinthians 15:25

Revelation21:1-2

 

Rosh Hashanah means “head of the year” or “first of the year.” It is the Jewish New Year. It is also called the Feast of the Trumpet. The Feast of Trumpets points to the rapture, when Jesus will appear in the heavens as a bridegroom coming for His bride, the church. Some scholars feel that this feast will be fulfilled when Jesus returns to catch away His bride (the rapture), the church, to celebrate the Marriage Supper of the Lamb In heaven. Then He will return seven years later on the Day of Atonement to establish His kingdom beginning on the Feast of Tabernacles. The rapture is associated in scripture with the blowing of a loud trumpet.

 

1 Thessalonians 4:16

“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a loud shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.”

Special prayers are recited during the Feast of Trumpets. The prayers emphasize God’s mercy, benevolence and forgiveness. The prayers encourage us to reflect on our deeds. The Feast of Trumpets is a time of offering forgiveness and seeking reconciliation with others. During the Feast of Trumpets special services are held where the Scriptures are read and songs of redemption are sung.

A popular observance during Rosh Hashanah is eating apples dipped in honey, a symbol for a sweet new year. The following blessing is recited before the apples are eaten :

“Blessed are You, O lord our God. King of the universe, Creator of the fruit of the tree.”

I. Rosh Hashanah is about repentance, redemption, the coming of the Messiah, judgment and creation.

A. Repentance

Repentance is turning from sin to God; changing your mind concerning sin, God, and yourself. It means to “turn back” to God. During the Feast of Trumpets the people examine their lives. They judge themselves. What have they done that God likes this past year? What have they done that God dislikes this past year?

During the Feast of Trumpets the people pray and ask for forgiveness of their sins. They ask God to blot out their transgression.

 

B. Redemption – restoration of a severed relationship with God / renewing your heart toward God.

Redemption is gaining back from another something that you owned before. It also means to buy back for the purpose of setting free from obligation, bondage, or danger. Redemption is salvation from sin, death, and the wrath of God by Jesus’ sacrifice.

 

Psalm 107:2 NKJV

“Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy.”

Galatians 3:13 NKJV

“Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a cure for us (for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree,’).”

John 8:36 NKJV

Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”

Romans 3:24 “Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus”

C. Second Coming Of Christ ( the coming of the Messiah – looking forward to the Second Coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ)

At the end of the Great Tribulation Jesus will return to earth. Jesus’ feet will stand on the Mount of Olives near Jerusalem. He will defeat the antichrist and throw Satan into a bottomless pit for 1000 years. Jesus will reign over the earth for 1000 years (millennial reign).

Zechariah 14:4a

“And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which faces Jerusalem on the east. And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two…”

D. Judgment – judge yourself, so that God doesn’t have to.

When the millennial reign is over, Satan will again be loosed on earth for a short period of time. He will gather an army to fight against Jesus. Jesus will defeat Satan and his army. The earth will be destroyed by fire and sinners will be judged (The Great White Throne Judgment).

Those who died as sinners will be resurrected (removed from Hell / Hades), to stand before God to be judged for what they did (or did not do) while they were here on earth. Every person whose name is not found in the Book of Life will be thrown into the Lake of Fire.

The Lake of Fire is described several times in the Bible. It is an eternal fire. It is a fire that never goes out. It is black and dark . There will be constant torment with no end – it will NEVER stop.

The Lake of Fire will be a place of extreme suffering, where a person will always remember everything they have done or known. They will always regret not choosing to follow Jesus.

Revelation 20:11-15 NKJV

“Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was no place found for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”

E. Creation – one day God will create the world anew.

After the final judgment, God promised a new heaven and a new earth. Jesus will give His millennial kingdom to God the Father, the Supreme Ruler. All Christians will live with God forever in a beautiful new universe. God will wipe every tear from our eyes. There will be no more death, sickness or pain.

The Holy City, the New Jerusalem, will come down from heaven and will shine with the glory of the Lord. The city will be made of gold and will be decorated with precious jewels. Down the middle of the city will flow the river of life, and on each side of the river will grow trees of life. The throne of God will be in the city, and people will worship God forever and ever.

Heaven will be far better than we can imagine.

As we draw close to God here on earth, we can experience the same wonderful presence of God that we will experience when we stand before His throne.

1 Corinthians 15:25 NKJV

“Then the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power.”

Revelation 21:1-2 NKJV

“Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”

II. The Trumpet

The shofar is blown on Rosh Hashanah (Feast of Trumpets). The shofar sounds something like a trumpet. The end of the shofar is curved and bent as a reminder to bend in respect of God.

1 Corinthians 15:52

“In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”

The blowing of the trumpet is a sign of the return of Christ and a memorial of God’s grace to Abraham when He substituted a ram to be sacrificed instead of Isaac. Isaac is a type of foreshadowing of Christ. Just as Abraham offered his son on the altar, God offered His Son on Calvary’s altar. The births of Isaac and Jesus Christ were both miracles. Both were obedient to the point of sacrifice.

In Biblical times, trumpets were used in giving signals of war. The Feast of Trumpets also points to spiritual warfare. As Christians we should put on the whole armor of God so that we can stand against the attacks of the enemy. Jesus is our armor because He defeated Satan.

 

Rosh Hashanah (Feast of Trumpets) is a time that people should “awake” and correct their ways. The sound of the shofar is meant to:

1. be a rousing call to repentance on the part of the individual.

2. awaken us and cause us to remember the One and Only Creator,

3. remind people to forsake evil ways

4. draw people back to God.

 

The shofar makes several different sounds, each one has a different meaning.

1. Tekiah – Calls a man to search his heart, abandon his evil ways, and seek God’s forgiveness through repentance.

2. Shevarim – Represents the sorrow that a person feels when they realize that they are wrong (that they are a sinner), and they desire to change their ways (to repent).

3. Teruah – Calls man to stand by the banner of the Lord.

4. Tekiah Gedolah – Represents the final invitation to sincere repentance and atonement (forgiveness).

 

III. A Preparing of the Spirit

The Feast of Trumpets requires a preparing of the spirit. Each person is to take time to look back in self-examination over the events and emotions of the previous year. To be part of the rapture of the church also requires a preparing of the spirit. You must have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ to be part of the Bride of Christ.

A custom still widely observed is the ceremony of Tashlikh. During the ceremony you throw bread crumbs or rocks into a river, lake, or large body of water. This symbolically represents your sins being cast away from you.

Micah 7:19 NKJV

“He will again have compassion on us, and subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.”

Review

1.Things I did this past year that pleased God.

 

2. Things I did this past year that displeased God.

 

3. Read Luke 6:37. What does God’s Word say about forgiving?

 

Are there people that you need to forgive?

 

4. What is repentance?

 

5. What is redemption?

 

6. _________________ has redeemed us from the curse of the law.

 

7. At the end of the Great Tribulation Jesus will return to earth. Jesus’ ____________ will stand on the Mount of Olives near Jerusalem.

 

8. Jesus will defeat the ________________________ and throw Satan into a bottomless pit for 1000 years.

 

9. How long is the millennial reign of Jesus?

 

10. What will happen when the millennial reign is over?

 

11. Every person whose name is not found in the ____________ _____ _____________ will be thrown into the Lake of Fire.

 

12. How is the Lake of Fire is described in the Bible?

 

13. All Christians will live with God forever in a beautiful new universe. God will wipe every ____________ from our eyes. There will be no more death, __________________ or ____________.

 

14. The end of the shofar is curved and bent as a reminder to bend in ____________________ of God.

 

15. What is respect?

 

16. A person must have a ___________________ ____________________________ with Jesus Christ to be part of the Bride of Christ.

 

 

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Repentance and Redemption

repentance and redemption

Memory Verse: John 8:36

 

Life Application: Jesus has set us free from bondage.

 

Bible Text:

Psalms 51:1-2

Revelation 20:15

Revelation 21:27

Philippians 4:3

Psalms 107:2

John 8:36

Galatians 3:13

Romans 3:24

 

 

Repentance

Repentance is turning from sin to God; changing your mind concerning sin, God, and yourself. It means to “turn back” to God. Repentance, Teshuvah in Hebrew, literally means “turning back” to God. Our prayer should be that of David.

Psalms 51:1-2 NKJV

“Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; According to the multitude of your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.”

Our desire should be to have our name written in the Book of Life.

Revelation 20:15 NKJV

“And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”

Revelation 21:27 NKJV

“But there by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.”

Philippians 4:3 NKJV

“And I urge you also, true companion, help these women who labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the Book of Life.”

Redemption Through Christ

Redemption is gaining back from another something that you have owned before. To buy back for the purpose of setting free from obligation, bondage, or danger. Redemption is salvation from sin, death, and the wrath of God by Christ’s sacrifice.

 

Psalms 107:2 NKJV

“Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy”

John 8:36 NKJV

“Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”

Galatians 3:13 NKJV

“Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree.”).”

Romans 3:24 NKJV

“Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus”

Have You Accepted Redemption Through Christ ?

Review

1. “Therefore if the ________________ makes you __________________, you shall be free __________________.” John 8:36 NKJV

 

2. Jesus has set us free from bondage. What does bondage mean?

 

 

3. What is repentance?

 

 

4. What was David’s prayer in Psalms 51:1-2?

 

 

5. What is the Book of Life?

 

 

6. If a person’s name is not found in the Book of Life what will happen to them?

 

 

7. What is redemption?

 

 

8. Redemption is salvation from sin, death, and the wrath of God by _______________ sacrifice.

 

 

9. Christ has redeemed us from the ________________ of the law.

 

10. What does justified mean?

 

 

11. How are we justified?

 

 

 

ABC’s Of Salvation

A – Admit that you have sinned.

“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

Romans 3:23

 

B – Believe in Jesus.

“Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved”

Acts 16:31

 

C – Confess your sins to God, then forsake (leave) your sins

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins.”

1 John 1:9

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Changed In The Twinkling Of An Eye

Changed In The Twinkling Of An Eye

This event has a fall theme and a new year’s theme.

The memory verse is : 1 Corinthians 15:52

The Bible truth is “In the twinkling of an eye we will be changed.”

1. Open in prayer

2. Introduction

The Feast of the Trumpets is also known as Rosh Hashanah or the Jewish New Year. It is the first of the fall feasts. Rosh Hashana means, literally, “head of the year” or “first of the year.“ It is the Jewish New Year. The Feast of  Trumpets, points to the rapture , when the Messiah will appear in the heavens as a bridegroom coming for His bride, the church. The feast of trumpets also points to spiritual warfare. As Christians we should put on the whole armor of God so that we can stand against the attacks of the enemy. Jesus is our armor because He defeated Satan.

Ephesians 6:11-13     “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”

     Some Bible scholars feel that this feast will be fulfilled when Jesus returns to catch away His Bride (rapture), the church to celebrate the Marriage Supper of the Lamb in Heaven, then return to the earth seven years later on the Day of Atonement to establish His Kingdom beginning on the Feast of Tabernacles. The rapture is associated in scripture with the blowing of a loud trumpet.

1 Thessalonians  4:16  NKJV         “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.”

1 Corinthians 15:52  NKJV         “…For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”

     Rosh Hashanah is about repentance, redemption, looking forward the coming of the Messiah.

3. Praise and Worship Songs

1. ________________________________________

2. _______________________________________

4. Memory Verse

1 Corinthians 15:52  NKJV         “… For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”

5. A Sign Of God’s Grace

The blowing of the trumpets is a sign of the return of Christ and a memorial of God’s grace to Abraham when He substituted a ram to be sacrificed instead of Isaac.

Genesis 22:1-14  NKJV         “Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son; and he split the wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. Then on the third day Abraham lifted his eyes and saw the place afar off. And Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you.” So Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife, and the two of them went together. But Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” Then he said, “Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” So the two of them went together. Then they came to the place of which God had told him. And Abraham built an altar there and placed the wood in order; and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, upon the wood. And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” So he said, “Here I am.” And He said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.” Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son. And Abraham called the name of the place, The-Lord-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”

     Isaac is a type of foreshadowing of Christ. Just as Abraham offered his son on the altar, God offered His Son on Calvary’s altar.

Hebrews 11:17-19 NKJV     “By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, of whom it was said, ‘In Isaac your seed shall be called,’ concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in figurative sense.”

6. Game – “Jig-Saw” Relay Race

Need: 2 red poster boards and 2 small baskets

Draw a large apple on each poster board, then write the memory verse on each apple, Cut the poster board apple into an equal number of pieces. Keep each one separate.

Divide the group into two teams. Line up the two teams in lines. Place the puzzles in two small baskets a short distance from the teams. At a signal the first person on each team must go to the puzzle pieces and put their puzzle together. Once the puzzle is together they must read it out loud, then put the puzzle back in the basket and run back to their team. The next person will do the same. The team that finishes first is the winner.

7. Self- Examination

Rosh Hashanah (the Feast of Trumpets) is observed in the Jewish month of Tishrei. The Feast of Trumpets requires a preparing of the spirit.

1 Corinthians 11:31-32  NKJV     “For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.”

     Each person is to take time to look back in self-examination over the events and emotions of the previous year. They are to judge their own life, not someone else’s.

Matthew 7:1-5  NKJV     “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”

     To be part of the rapture of the church also requires a preparing of the spirit. You must have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ to be the Bride of Christ.  Special prayers are recited during this festival. The prayers emphasize God’s mercy, benevolence and forgiveness.

Matthew 6:12-15  NKJV     “And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

Debt – something owed to somebody, obligation, sin: a sin or trespass

Trespass – to intrude on somebody’s privacy or time, to commit a sin, a wrongdoing, to go onto somebody else’s land or enter somebody else’s property without permission,  to cause injury to a person, property, or the rights of another.

     The prayers encourage us to reflect on our deeds. This is a time of offering forgiveness and seeking reconciliation with others. It is a time that people should “awake” and correct their ways.

2 Corinthians 5:18-21  NKJV     “Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

8. Special Services, Observances, and Customs

During the Feast of Trumpets many Jewish people attend special services where the Scriptures are read and songs of redemption are sung. Psalm 93-100 are believed to have been composed for Rosh Hashanah.

A popular observance during this holiday is eating apples dipped in honey, a symbol for a sweet new year. The following blessing is recited before the apples are eaten. “Blessed are You, O Lord our God. King of the universe, Creator of the fruit of the tree.”

A custom still widely observed is the ceremony of Tashlikh. During the ceremony you throw bread crumbs into a river, lake, or large body of water. This symbolically represents your sins being cast away from you.

Micah 7:19  NKJV          “He will again have compassion on us, and subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.”

9. Game –  Pass The Apple

A popular observance during this holiday is eating apples dipped in honey, a symbol for a sweet new year. The following blessing is recited before the apples are eaten. “Blessed are You, O Lord our God. King of the universe, Creator of the fruit of the tree.”

Need : 2 apples

Divide the class into two teams. Line the children up in separate rows. Give the first person on each team an apple. At the signal they will pass the apple to the person behind them and they will pass it to the person behind them. When the apple reaches the end the person on the end will run to the front of the line and say, “Blessed are You, O Lord our God. King of the universe, Creator of the fruit of the tree.” Then they will pass the apple to the person behind them. This process continues until the original person is back at the front of the  line. The team that finishes first is the winner.

10. The Shofar

The shofar is blown on Rosh Hashanah. The end of the shofar is curved and bent as a reminder to bend in respect of God. The shofar sounds something like a trumpet. During Biblical times trumpets were used in giving signals of war, to alert the people, and to call the people together

The shofar makes several different sounds, each one has a different meaning.

1. Tekiah-calls a man to search his heart, abandon his evil ways, and seek God’s forgiveness through repentance.

2. Shevarim- it represents the sorrow that a person feels when they realize that they are wrong (that they are a sinner), and they desire to change their ways (to repent).

3. Teruah-calls man to stand by the banner of the Lord.

4. Tekiah Gedolah- represents the final invitation to sincere repentance and atonement (forgiveness).

The sound of the shofar is meant to:

1. be a rousing call to repentance on the part of the individual.

2. awaken everyone to make them remember the One and Only Creator

3. remind the people to forsake evil ways

4. draw men back to God

11. Game –  With The Sound Of A Trumpet

1 Corinthians 15:52  NKJV         “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”

Need: Toy horns (such as a party favor), one for each child playing and a sign with the memory verse written on it.

Divide the class into two teams and line them up in two rows. A short distance from the children set up a table. Place the sign on or above the table so that the children can see it, and place the horns on the table. At the signal, the first person on each team will run to the table and say the memory verse, then pick up a horn and blow it. They will then run back to their team (with their horn) and the next person in line will repeat the process. The team that finished first is the winner.

11. Repentance

Repentance is turning from sin to God; changing your mind concerning sin, God, and yourself. It means to “turn back” to God. Repentance, Teshuvah in Hebrew, literally means “turning back” to God. During this feast, the people examine their lives. They judge themselves. What have they done that God likes this past year? What have they done that God dislikes this past year? Prayers are offered up to God asking Him to write their name in the Book of Life.

Exodus 32:33  NKJV         “And the Lord said to Moses, ‘Whoever has sinned against Me, I will blot him out of My book.’”

     Moses went up the mountain to meet with God. It was there that God gave him the ten commandments. While Moses was on the mountain, the people grew tired of waiting. They made themselves a golden calf to worship. The wrath of God grew against them. Moses asks that his name be “blotted out of the book” if God will not forgive the sins of the people.

Exodus 32:31-32  NKJV        “Then Moses returned to the Lord and said, ‘Oh, these people have committed a great sin, and have made for themselves a god of gold! Yet now, if You will forgive their sin- but if not, I pray, blot me out of Your book which You have written.”

Deut. 9:13-14  NKJV         “Furthermore the Lord spoke to me, saying, ‘I have seen this people and indeed they are a stiff-necked people. Let Me alone, that I may destroy them and blot out their name from under the heaven; and I will make of you a nation mightier and greater than they.”

     Several places in the Bible make reference to sins being “blotted out”,  to names being “blotted out”, and to names being “written” in the Book of Life.

Psalm 69:28  NKJV         “Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous.”

 2 Kings 14:27  NKJV        “And the Lord did not say the He would blot out the name of Israel from under the heaven; but He saved them by the hand of Jeroboam the son of Joash.”

Psalm 9:5  NKJV         “You have rebuked the nations, You have destroyed the wicked; You have blotted out their name forever and ever.”

 Philippians 4:3  NKJV        “And I urge you also, true companion, help these women who labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the Book of Life.”

 Revelation 3:5  NKJV        “He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.”

 Revelation 20:12  NKJV        “And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.”

Revelation 20:15  NKJV         “And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”

 Revelation 21:27  NKJV         “But there by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.”

     Our prayer should be that of David.

Psalms 51:1-2  NKJV         “Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; According to the multitude of your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.”

12. Game – Review Tic-Tac – Toe

Need: poster board, 16 index cards  and tape

Draw a large tic-tac-toe board on the poster board. On 8 index cards write a “O” and on 8 index cards write an “X”. Divide the class into two teams. Place the tic-tac-toe board a short distance from the teams. Give one team the “O” cards and the other team the “X” cards. Ask the teams questions, one at a time. If they answer the question correctly the may place one of their cards on the board. The first team that gets three of their cards in a row is the winner.

Review Questions For Game

1.  The Feast of the Trumpets is also known as Rosh Hashanah or the Jewish  ________  __________.

New Year

2. The Feast of  Trumpets, points to the _____________, when Jesus will appear in the heavens as a bridegroom coming for His bride, the church.

Rapture

3. The feast of trumpets also points to ________________ warfare.

Spiritual

4. As Christians we should put on the whole ___________   ______  _________  so that we can stand against the attacks of the enemy.

armor of God

5. Rosh Hashanah is about ____________________, redemption, looking forward the coming of Jesus.

Repentance

6. The blowing of the trumpets is a sign of the _______________ of Christ and a ________________  of God’s grace to Abraham.

Return     memorial

7. During Rosh Hashanah (the Feast of Trumpets) each person is to take time to look back in _____________________________  over the events and emotions of the previous year.

self-examination

8. To be part of the rapture of the church you must have a __________________ relationship with Jesus Christ.

Personal

9.  What do the prayers recited during Rosh Hashanah (the Feast of Trumpets) emphasize?

God’s mercy, benevolence and forgiveness

10. What does debt mean?

something owed to somebody, obligation, sin: a sin or trespass

11. What does trespass mean?

to intrude on somebody’s privacy or time, to commit a sin, a wrongdoing, to go onto somebody else’s land or enter somebody else’s property without permission,  to cause injury to a person, property, or the rights of another

12. The prayers during Rosh Hashanah (the Feast of Trumpets) encourage people to reflect on their ____________.

deeds

13. Rosh Hashanah (the Feast of Trumpets) is a time of offering forgiveness and seeking ___________________________ with others.

reconciliation

14. During the Feast of Trumpets many Jewish people attend special services where the Scriptures are read and songs of _______________________ are sung.

redemption

15. A popular observance during this holiday is eating apples dipped in _____________, a symbol for a sweet new year.

honey

16. During the ceremony of Tashlikh, you throw bread crumbs into a river, lake, or large body of water. This symbolically represents your ___________ being cast away from you.

sins

17. The end of the shofar is curved and bent as a reminder to bend in ____________ of God.

respect

18. During Biblical times trumpets were used in giving signals of war, to ____________ the people, and to __________ the people together

alert           call

19. The sound of the shofar is meant to:

* be a rousing call to ______________________ on the part of the individual.

repentance 

* awaken everyone to make them __________________ the One and Only Creator

remember

* remind the people to ________________ evil ways

forsake

* draw men __________ to God

back

20. Repentance is ________________   __________   ________ to God; changing your mind concerning sin, God, and yourself.

turning from sin

21. Repentance, Teshuvah in Hebrew, literally means  “______________   ______________“ to God.

turning back

13. Redemption

Redemption is gaining back from another something that you have owned before. To buy back for the purpose of setting free from obligation, bondage, or danger. Redemption is salvation from sin, death, and the wrath of God by Christ’s sacrifice.

Psalms 107:2  NKJV         “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy”

 John 8:36  NKJV        “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” 

Galatians 3:13  NKJV         “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written,  “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree.”).”

Romans 3:24  NKJV        “Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus”

13. Worship Song  – __________________________________

14. Challenge –  Jesus Is Returning

Jesus is returning for His bride, for all who have accepted Him as their Lord and Savior. This future event is sometimes referred to as the rapture. In order to participate in the rapture, you must repent, turn away from sin and toward God, through the blood of Jesus Christ. Then you will be redeemed.

God loves every person and sent His Son so that everyone could be spared punishment. However, He cannot and will not allow sin to go unpunished. There is everlasting punishment for all who have not accepted God’s way of salvation. Salvation only comes through Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Everyone who accepts Jesus Christ as their Lord and their Savior will have everlasting life in a new heaven and new earth. They will live forever in the presence of God.

Revelation 20:15  NKJV         “And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”

Revelation 21:27  NKJV        “But there by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.”

     Has your name been written in the Lamb’s Book of Life?

David’s Prayer

Psalms 51:1-2  NKJV         “Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; According to the multitude of your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.”

15. Refreshments or a light meal

16. Craft

17. Dismissal

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The Feast Of The Trumpets – One Christian’s Perspective

The Feast Of The Trumpets – One Christian’s Perspective

     The Feast of the Trumpets is also known as Rosh Hashanah or the Jewish New Year. It is the first of the fall feasts. Rosh Hashana means, literally, “head of the year” or “first of the year.“ It is the Jewish New Year. The Feast of  Trumpets, points to the rapture , when the Messiah will appear in the heavens as a bridegroom coming for His bride, the church. The feast of trumpets also points to spiritual warfare. As Christians we should put on the whole armor of God so that we can stand against the attacks of the enemy. Jesus is our armor because He defeated Satan.

Ephesians 6:11-13     “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”

     Some Bible scholars feel that this feast will be fulfilled when Jesus returns to catch away His Bride (rapture), the church to celebrate the Marriage Supper of the Lamb in Heaven, then return to the earth seven years later on the Day of Atonement to establish His Kingdom beginning on the Feast of Tabernacles. The rapture is associated in scripture with the blowing of a loud trumpet.

1 Thessalonians  4:16  NKJV     “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.”

1 Corinthians 15:52  NKJV     “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”

     Rosh Hashanah is about repentance, redemption, looking forward the coming of the Messiah.

A SIGN OF GOD’S GRACE

The blowing of the trumpets is a sign of the return of Christ and a memorial of God’s grace to Abraham when He substituted a ram to be sacrificed instead of Isaac.

Genesis 22:1-14  NKJV     “Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son; and he split the wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. Then on the third day Abraham lifted his eyes and saw the place afar off. And Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you.” So Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife, and the two of them went together. But Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” Then he said, “Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” So the two of them went together. Then they came to the place of which God had told him. And Abraham built an altar there and placed the wood in order; and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, upon the wood. And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” So he said, “Here I am.” And He said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.” Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son. And Abraham called the name of the place, The-Lord-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”

     Isaac is a type of foreshadowing of Christ. Just as Abraham offered his son on the altar, God offered His Son on Calvary’s alter.

Hebrews 11:17-19     “By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, of whom it was said, ‘In Isaac your seed shall be called,’ concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in figurative sense.”

SELF-EXAMINATION

Rosh Hashanah (the Feast of Trumpets) is observed in the Jewish month of Tishrei. The Feast of Trumpets requires a preparing of the spirit. Each person is to take time to look back in self-examination over the events and emotions of the previous year. To be part of the rapture of the church also requires a preparing of the spirit. You must have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ to be the Bride of Christ.

Special prayers are recited during this festival. The prayers emphasize God’s mercy, benevolence and forgiveness. The prayers encourage us to reflect on our deeds. This is a time of offering forgiveness and seeking reconciliation with others. It is a time that people should “awake” and correct their ways.

SPECIAL SERVICES, OBSERVANCES, AND CUSTOMS

During the Feast of Trumpets many Jewish people attend special services where the Scriptures are read and songs of redemption are sung. Psalm 93-100 are believed to have been composed for Rosh Hashanah.

A popular observance during this holiday is eating apples dipped in honey, a symbol for a sweet new year. The following blessing is recited before the apples are eaten. “Blessed are You, O Lord our God. King of the universe, Creator of the fruit of the tree.”

A custom still widely observed is the ceremony of Tashlikh. During the ceremony you throw bread crumbs into a river, lake, or large body of water. This symbolically represents your sins being cast away from you.

Micah 7:19  NKJV      “He will again have compassion on us, and subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.”

THE SHOFAR

The shofar is blown on Rosh Hashanah. The end of the shofar is curved and bent as a reminder to bend in respect of God. The shofar sounds something like a trumpet. Trumpets were used in giving signals of war. Jesus is the commander of the army of God. Jesus came, the first time, to defeat the work of Satan and the sin in men’s hearts. Jesus was triumphant over the enemy.

Colossians 2:15  NKJV     “Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.”

The shofar makes several different sounds, each one has a different meaning.

1. Tekiah-calls a man to search his heart, abandon his evil ways, and seek God’s forgiveness through repentance.

2. Shevarim- it represents the sorrow that a person feels when they realize that they are wrong (that they are a sinner), and they desire to change their ways (to repent).

3. Teruah-calls man to stand by the banner of the Lord.

4. Tekiah Gedolah- represents the final invitation to sincere repentance and atonement (forgiveness).

The sound of the shofar is meant to:

1. be a rousing call to repentance on the part of the individual.

2. awaken everyone to make them remember the One and Only Creator

3. remind the people to forsake evil ways

4. draw men back to God

REPENTANCE

Repentance is turning from sin to God; changing your mind concerning sin, God, and yourself. It means to “turn back” to God. Repentance, Teshuvah in Hebrew, literally means “turning back” to God. During this feast, the people examine their lives. They judge themselves. What have they done that God likes this past year? What have they done that God dislikes this past year? Prayers are offered up to God asking Him to write their name in the Book of Life.

Exodus 32 : 33  NKJV     “And the Lord said to Moses, ‘Whoever has sinned against Me, I will blot him out of My book.’”

     Moses went up the mountain to meet with God. It was there that God gave him the ten commandments. While Moses was on the mountain, the people grew tired of waiting. They made themselves a golden calf to worship. The wrath of God grew against them. Moses asks that his name be “blotted out of the book” if God will not forgive the sins of the people.

Exodus 32:31-32  NKJV     “Then Moses returned to the Lord and said, ‘Oh, these people have committed a great sin, and have made for themselves a god of gold! Yet now, if You will forgive their sin- but if not, I pray, blot me out of Your book which You have written.”

Deut. 9:13-14  NKJV     “Furthermore the Lord spoke to me, saying, ‘I have seen this people and indeed they are a stiff-necked people. Let Me alone, that I may destroy them and blot out their name from under the heaven; and I will make of you a nation mightier and greater than they.”

     Several places in the Bible make reference to sins being “blotted out”,  to names being “blotted out”, and to names being “written” in the Book of Life.

Psalm 69:28  NKJV     “Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous.”

2 Kings 14:27  NKJV     “And the Lord did not say the He would blot out the name of Israel from under the heaven; but He saved them by the hand of Jeroboam the son of Joash.”

Psalm 9:5  NKJV     “You have rebuked the nations, You have destroyed the wicked; You have blotted out their name forever and ever.”

Philippians 4:3  NKJV     “And I urge you also, true companion, help these women who labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the Book of Life.”

Revelation 3:5  NKJV     “He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.”

Revelation 20:12  NKJV     “And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.”

Revelation 20:15  NKJV     “And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”

Revelation 21:27  NKJV     “But there by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.”

     Our prayer should be that of David.

Psalms 51:1-2  NKJV     “Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; According to the multitude of your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.”

REDEMPTION

Redemption is gaining back from another something that you have owned before. To buy back for the purpose of setting free from obligation, bondage, or danger. Redemption is salvation from sin, death, and the wrath of God by Christ’s sacrifice.

Psalms 107:2  NKJV     “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy”

John 8:36  NKJV     “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”

Galatians 3:13  NKJV     “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written,  “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree.”).”

Romans 3:24  NKJV    “Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus”

JESUS IS RETURNING

Jesus is returning for His bride, for all who have accepted Him as their Lord and Savior. This future event is sometimes referred to as the rapture. In order to participate in the rapture, you must repent, turn away from sin and toward God, through the blood of Jesus Christ. Then you will be redeemed.

God loves every person and sent His Son so that everyone could be spared punishment. However, He cannot and will not allow sin to go unpunished. There is everlasting punishment for all who have not accepted God’s way of salvation. Salvation only comes through Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Everyone who accepts Jesus Christ as their Lord and their Savior will have everlasting life in a new heaven and new earth. They will live forever in the presence of God.

Revelation 20:15  NKJV     “And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”

Revelation 21:27  NKJV     “But there by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.”

     Has your name been written in the Lamb’s Book of Life?

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